If you’re voting in the Republican primary today, we encourage — more like implore — you to cast a ballot for one of the governors, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush or John Kasich.
Not only do they have the executive experience in government that Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio lack, but any of them would give Republicans a better chance to retake the White House.
Though it’s become a dirty word, they by contrast are more moderate, and New Hampshire has an obligation to give one, two or all three of them enough momentum to continue on.
Why not Trump, Rubio or Cruz?
In a nutshell, Trump doesn’t have the temperament, Rubio lacks experience, and Cruz is a widely disliked extreme evangelical.
None would have enough crossover appeal to women, minorities or moderate independents to win the general election.
Trump is a paradox. He resonates with people because he doesn’t talk like a politician, yet his behavior is unbecoming of even a snarky 14-year-old. Strength is when you show control and discipline under pressure. To imagine a president of the United States calling people stupid, dopey and weak, or making fun of the disabled, boggles the mind.
Rubio was outed by Christie at the GOP debate at St. Anselm College on Saturday for being what he is — slick and programmed. Back when he dropped out of the race, Rick Santorum threw his support behind the Florida senator and was asked to name one of Rubio's accomplishments. Embarrassingly, he couldn’t come up with one.
Cruz is disliked by literally every one of his Senate colleagues, partly because he almost single-handedly caused the disastrous government shutdown in 2013.
His idea to carpet bomb Syria would be proposed only by an extreme evangelical who believes the second coming of Christ will happen at the end of world — Armageddon—in the Middle East. To extreme believers, all-out war is not only acceptable but, more frighteningly, inevitable.
The Conway Sun has endorsed Bush. Like Bush, Christie and Kasich have solid records of accomplishments in their home states of Florida, New Jersey and Ohio. And they have done it by sticking to their principles while using bipartisan approaches that are woefully needed in Washington.
Iowa caucus-goers are dominated by evangelicals, and in the last three election cycles chose Cruz, Santorum and Mike Huckabee. Like the two he follows, Cruz is also destined to fade away as the primaries move to more diverse states.
Voters eventually will wake up and recognize Trump as just the showman he is and Rubio as a programmed, smooth-talking, underachieving first-time senator.
New Hampshire has a long tradition of picking candidates who are electable in general elections, and for Republicans they are Bush, Kasich and Christie.